Carl HesterCarl Hester was raised on the tiny Channel island of Sark. Once a year the whole island gets together for the Sark horse show.† This tradition still remains and the horse show weekend has now become an annual pilgrimage for Carl Hester and his friends.
At 19 Carl Hester he decided to apply for a job with horses on the mainland. Through an advertisement in Horse and Hound Carl Hester arrived at the Fortune Centre in Hampshir It was there Carl Hester had his first opportunity to compete and it was on the Fortune Centreís skewbald mare, Jolly Dolly, that Carl Hester won the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship.
His next job took him to the Gloucestershire village of Bourton on the Hill and the farm of Jannie and Christopher Taylor.†I was made to ride difficult horses, Jannieís specialty, which resulted in a broken ankle and shoulder during my brief eventing career. However Carl Hester did compete at the first Blenheim Horse Trials and won the Spillers Dressage with Jumping Championship. It was during this time that Carl Hester learnt the true basis of horsemanship, finding a way based on tact, patience, firmness and kindness when dealing with horses with behavioral problems. Making them think for themselves, rather than having their natural character and ability suppressed through harshness.
Carl Hesterís career took the most dramatic turn when Dr Bechtolsheimer approached him to join his yard as a rider. Carl Hester rode and trained with Dr Bechtolsheimer for three and a half years and in 1990 went to the World Championships on Rubelit von Unkenriff, the European Championships in 1991 and in 1992 the Barcelona Olympics on Georgioni. Carl Hester was the youngest British rider to ever compete in an Olympic Games.
On leaving Dr Bechtolsheimer Carl Hester went into a business partnership with Kate Carter at her yard at Stow on the Wold. This continued until Kate decided to move for more space for her stud activities and soon Carl Hester too had moved to buy his own yard.
Carl Hester continues to be one of the leading UK dressage riders and is a renowned dressage trainer